I wish there could be more agreement on basic fundamentals between those on the left and right. The question, “can’t we all just get along” has become fodder for comedy bits, so I will rephrase it somewhat. Aren’t there a few things on which everyone can agree? In today’s hyper-partisan atmosphere, where President Bush’s “new tone” was met with a slap in the face, it seems almost impossible to get opposing sides to agree the grass is green, much less to agree on anything controversial.
There are a few things, though, that everyone should be able to agree to support. In the days following September 11, and continuing into the missions in Afghanistan and Iraq, it appeared that even anti-war activists were determined not to repeat the mistakes of Vietnam by disrespecting the U.S. military. It seemed that all could agree on appreciation for those making such a sacrifice. Sadly, that has not held true. I wish that those on both sides of the aisle could fully appreciate the role the military plays in securing the freedom we all enjoy. Maybe if more of the accomplishments of our troops were reported as prominently as the problems created by a few, more people would fully appreciate their sacrifice.
Another wish I have is that there could be as much respect for diversity of thought (especially conservative thought) as there is for diversity of skin color. This would be especially valuable in our nation’s colleges and universities. Instead it seems that on a regular basis we hear of politically correct thought enforcers cracking down on students who dare to express conservative views, while at the same time some over-the-top conspiracy theory spouting professors are allowed to say and teach some truly outrageous things in the name of academic freedom and freedom of speech.
It would be cool if that acceptance of diversity could include Christians, too. Last year my daughters’ holiday program included no traditional Christmas songs referring to the birth of Christ. Instead the Christmas songs included were about snow, sleigh bells and reindeers. There were songs about Hanukkah and Kwanza, but no traditional Christmas songs. It isn’t just the traditional that doesn’t make the diversity cut though, even the generic “Merry Christmas” is no longer as acceptable as it was when I was a child.
My daughter’s front teeth are coming in quite nicely and the gap should be filled in a few more weeks. I wish the same could be said for the items on my wish list.